Workout warriors not seeing results might want to listen to what Anthony T.J. Lux has to say. He says you can accomplish more by just working out two days a week for only 20 minutes each day. Sound too good to be true? He’s perfectly willing to put that on the record — just come work out with him.
“Absolutely that is true, if you use our method that matches the correct intensity and exercises with the individual,” said Lux, owner of the Exercise Coach, which opened in early February in Naperville. “We use groundbreaking technology to effectively create the right intensity for each individual with effective force on the body, which causes positive adaptation.”
Lux, 36, was born in St. Charles and moved around the area until his family later settled in Merrillville, Ind. A former Northern Illinois University basketball star, Lux remains the school’s all-time scorer and rebounder. He had hoped for a career in the NBA until he suffered an ACL injury before the draft. He played basketball a year later in Europe during a professional career that lasted six years.
While in college, he and friend Brian Cygan talked about going into the fitness business together. Cygan later founded the Exercise Coach franchise, which has more than 20 locations throughout the country. Lux oversees the one in Schaumburg and the new Naperville location at 1504 N. Naper Blvd. The methodology, he says, worked for him during his days as a player.
“One of the fallacies of working out is people think if you just get going and have movement that it’s going to work,” Lux said. “When I was a player, my best years were when I was training myself. So many professional athletes over-train, and even for everyday people, there are a lot of injuries that occur using treadmills and stair masters and a lot of the traditional equipment.”
Lux argues that many “traditional” machines add stress to the body in addition to the everyday stress people experience in their lives, and that adding another 45 to 60 minutes in the gym four or five days a week is counter-productive.
Downers Grove resident Dwight Anderson, 40, became a client of Lux’s Naperville business within the first month it opened, and said he has found the two-day, 20-minute regimen is working for him.
“I found out about the Exercise Coach just by passing it each day on the way to work,” Anderson said. “I am athletic, but I haven’t worked out for years, so I thought about joining. I had worked out in gyms, but I found I’d spend an hour there and wind up getting nothing done. I was looking to get toned and stronger, and I told them up front I was looking to get more stamina so I could do things longer.”
Anderson said the two-day, 20-minute workouts leave him “sore and out of breath,” but that after a two-day recovery period, he’s ready to get after it again.
“The cool thing is you can get private training or work with a group, and it’s amazing what just two days does after being in the program since March when I joined,” he said.
Lux says his basic client base are those 35 to 75 years old who are often pressed for time. Newcomers provide their health history and are given a personal program that, Lux says, “leverages technology as well as pulling together a nutrition and wellness package.”
Opening his second facility in Naperville, Lux said, was all about the demographics as well as being familiar with the area.
“I met my wife when I was at Northern, and we went to Naperville a lot while I was in DeKalb, and it’s a great community that I think fits perfectly with our concept,” he said. “I’ve always liked it since my college days, and we’re excited about being here.”